Singapore is like a clean and clear oasis in a bustling and dusty Asia. It’s far from the poverty, chaos and crime and you’ll definitely spot it differs from any other country in entire world. Singapore is based on one main island with more small ones. Nevertheless it’s a modern city, but you’ll find many green parks with lush and maintained gardens.
Singapore is known as a wealth country, but it’s new for me it has one of the highest ratio of millionaires. And no wonder it has the highest wealth per adult in the world!
You can really feel you are in an extraordinary city. All sidewalks are clean and I still remember my grandpa laughing they clean it with shampoo. Of course it’s not true, but it looks they do! It’s also because of strict policy on littering. You can get a fine if you litter in Singapore and that’s how they keep the city so clean. It especially feels if you traveled through other Asian countries for a while and you land in Singapore. It almost feels you can sense that freshness and everything looks so sterile!
One of the most important things I wanted to see in Singapore was Marina Bay Sands hotel. I dreamed that I will go to the infinity pool on the highest floor since my sister studied there and I noticed this place. But apparently life goes as it likes and I wasn’t feeling fine our entire stay in Singapore and had to leave this place for another time. I wonder when we’ll come back?
I still wonder how they came up with idea to build a ‘ship’ on skyscrapers while walking through famous skyline.
You can enjoy long walks in Singapore, while it’s a busy city the pace is quite chill. We enjoyed the memorial sculptures of the city which told us stories of not so modest city as Singapore looks now.
This sculpture above caught our attention. It show the scenes of early days of Singapore. Once the river was a lifeline of the country in the past. When the first migrant communities settled around here it was common to see naked boys swinging from trees beside the river and jumping into the water.
‘The boys learned how to avoid the muddy depths and the dangers of bumboats crossing the river, and had no fear of the polluted waters that were sometimes filled with garbage. When the Clean Rivers project was launched in 1983 families, hawkers and bumboats were removed from this area, and the innocent laughter of the swimming boys were heard no more.’ – words from the monument for the children.
I found this story so touching, because nowadays a lot of people talk that children don’t play outside enough these days. And this monument was like reflection of what is happening these days: children more and more spend time with technologies instead of climbing trees or fulfilling streets with their laugh. As some call them ‘asphalt generation’ and it makes me so sad, because I still remember wandering in the fields and forests when I was little.
Another place that is found in every big city is Chinatown. We drew there expecting some different architecture and old authentic shops, but we found a lot of plastic souvenirs and many Chinese restaurants. No wonder, all are is surrounded by skyscrapers and the authentic feeling disappear the minute you step out of MRT station.
This district was so full of tourists that we wanted to get out of there as fast as we could. We glanced at famous Sri Marianmman Temple and decided we had enough of obtrusive salesman.
The transportation in Singapore is very reliable. You can easily get to all main attractions and it won’t take long. It’s also forbidden to drink water in any transportation. One man warned me after I took few sips of water in the underground MRT that I could get a fine! I was very surprised because of that. But this is the reason all Singapore shines like a diamond literally and you won’t be disturbed by dirty tubes.
The most amazing amazing attraction of all time was Marina Bay Supertrees. We noticed already that some cities get extra charm when it gets dark and the light light up and Singapore was no exception.
Supertree Grove is a part of the one billion dollar Marina Bay Gardens project. There are two special times when you can watch the Supertree Symphony at Gardens by the Bay. These futuristic trees pulsate with colours every night at 7.45 pm and 8.45 pm and you must find time to visit it!
The show lasts 15 minutes and crowds fill the park with excitement to watch it. Be there a bit earlier before it starts to find a fine spot for you!
I have never seen anything more spectacular than this and it’s so cool they are powered by solar powers and you know we are all about sustainability!
All words by Eisve Treciakauskaite and all images by Justinas Lekavicius, unless otherwise noted.